My most asked questions on lactation consultant visits for breastfeeding help, insurance coverage for visits, what I can and cannot help with, what my personality is like, and more!
My office is at 260 Boston Post Road, Suite 1, Wayland, MA 01778 and I live in Sudbury, MA.
Never heard of Wayland? It’s centrally located between Worcester and Boston, or between Lowell and Foxborough!
My office location allows me to see families from a really big part of the state, and I also have had families drive in from other states.
I am an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) with a master’s degree in human lactation. I have been working in lactation with local families since 2013 and I also worked maternity floor of a large local hospital as a lactation consultant.
I have extensive additional training in the areas of oral function, tongue tie, oral habilitation of the breastfeeding dyad, cranial nerve dysfunction in the precrawling infant, infant massage, and am a certified TummyTime! Method instructor.
I require credit card on file when you book with me- Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, and I also accept HSA/FSA cards as long as they are issued by one of the above brands.
No, sorry! I can’t give you individualized breastfeeding advice or care without a signed consent form and your health history- it would be irresponsible of me… and my malpractice insurance provider wouldn’t be thrilled with me either!
You sure can! You can pay with your HSA/FSA card was long as it is issued by one of the major brands (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover) OR you can pay with your debit or credit card and I will provide you with the receipt to submit to your HSA/FSA.
I am in network with Aetna and Unicare for all lactation services. For all other health insurance companies, I am an out-of-network provider. You pay me directly and I provide you with an itemized receipt to submit to your insurance company.
IBCLCs aren’t licensed in Massachusetts, and because of this loophole, most health insurance companies won’t allow us to be in-network providers. Trust me, I hate this as much as you do.
The best way to know is to call the member services number on the back of your insurance ID card and ask whether they will reimburse you for lactation support by an out-of-network provider. The Affordable Care Act says that insurers are required to cover “breastfeeding support, supplies and counseling” for every birth with no co-pay or deductible. Many insurers (like BCBS of MA, Harvard Pilgrim, Neighborhood Health, Tufts and Fallon) are good at reimbursing for lactation visits. Some other insurers are… not so good.
I’ll provide you with an itemized receipt (“superbill”) that has all the information your insurance company needs. Call member services and ask about the process for submitting for out-of-network reimbursement; every insurer does it a little differently.
Contact me and let me know why they denied the claim. I will see if a different superbill or diagnosis code might work better; unfortunately I can’t guarantee that any claim will be reimbursed and I’m not responsible for any claims that are denied. This toolkit from the National Women Law Center will help you to get reimbursed.
As an out of network provider I cannot speak to your insurance company directly.
Clients tell me I am funny, kind, supportive, realistic, practical and non-judgmental. I pride myself on being non-militant, friendly, upbeat and guilt free. I know that most Americans grow up without ever seeing a baby breast-feeding– and then we tell you it’s natural and shove your baby in your arms and leave you to fend for yourself. How are you supposed to know how to do all of this?
I spend a lot of time at visits talking to the babies. They’re just as confused and overwhelmed as you are! Babies tell us a LOT with their behavior and body language.
I won’t make you feel like you’re doing something wrong or like you’ve made bad choices. I know that every parent does the best they can, and that newborns are totally overwhelming. We’ll work together to see what we can improve and if there are ways I can help to simplify your routine.
Usually we start by talking about your birth, your baby and your health history. I will take notes and ask questions to make sure we’re on the same page. Next, I usually weigh baby on my super sensitive fancy schmancy scale. I will do an oral exam on your baby and may do a breast exam on you. We’ll work on whatever feeding issue you’re having; usually I ask to see what you’ve been doing first, then we work as a team on improving the situation. I often weigh baby again after feeding to get a snapshot of how well baby transferred milk. I may have you pump during the visit as well. Then we sit and make a plan based on your baby, your life, and your goals. Initial visits are usually 1.5 hours long and include 2 weeks of unlimited follow up via secure messaging.
- I’ll send you a consent form and health history you can fill out before our visit; this helps us get right down to business when I arrive!
- Make a list of any questions you have for me.
- If you have a pump and think we may be using it, it would be helpful to have nearby.
- Make sure you have a bottle and pumped milk or formula if your baby normally eats from a bottle during a feeding- or if we are working on bottle skills.
- Please have the baby with you if we’re going to be working on latching or positioning at all!
Yes, against COVID-19 and also all the other standard vaccinations.
Well, I hope so! But realistically, breastfeeding problems are often complicated and involve lots of moving parts. We’ll work together on a plan that should help to improve your situation within 48 hours; it may take a lot of time and work on your part but I’m here every step of the way to guide you and cheer you on!
I have received over 80 hours of additional training on tongue and lip ties. I have attended a dental laser frenotomy course as an observer (I do NOT perform frenotomies). I have extensive experience with identifying ties, optimizing latch and feeding techniques with or without frenotomy, suck training, and other full-body exercises that can affect tongue function. I’ve also completed intensive training on cranial nerve dysfunction and the TummyTime! Method.
No. Lactation Consultants get a bad rep when it comes to tongue ties, but think about it- we only see babies and parents who are having problems. Nobody pays me hundreds of dollars to come to their house and see what an amazing job their baby is doing with painless, easy breastfeeding! So it stands to reason that as specialists, we see a fair number of babies with tongue ties and lip ties. I have what I consider to be a moderate approach to ties. I don’t care how a tongue looks; I care how it works.
Yep, I specialize in bottle refusal consults. I have very good success rates and the vast majority of the babies I work with are taking the bottle consistently within 2 weeks of our visit.
Absolutely. I have had clients who are partially or fully formula feeding who have called me for help. I don’t play the guilt game and I don’t think formula is evil.
Absolutely! Exclusive pumping is SO HARD and I can help! I work with exclusively pumping parents all the time.
Yes, I have worked with both twins and triplets.
Whether you want to continue tandem nursing or stop tandem nursing, I can help.
I’ll be totally honest, this is not an area I’ve done work in. I suggest you look for a kink-knowledgeable provider here.
It’s part of our ethical code as IBCLCs that we cannot broker (or appear to broker) relationships for milk sharing, so even if I know someone with lots of milk, I can’t tell you! I suggest checking the Facebook group Eats on Feets or Human Milk 4 Human Babies– or attend some breastfeeding support groups and ask the other attendees. Some great info on informal human milk sharing can be found here. There is also pasteurized processed human donor milk available through Mothers’ Milk Bank Northeast (located in Newton).
Totally. If it’s not working for both parent and baby, it’s not working. If you want to wean your baby (partially or fully) I will absolutely help you. I won’t argue with you or shame you.
Yep, I do a pump planning/back-to-work consult that will make a big difference!
I happily do prenatal and/or preadoption consults (including induced lactation) to help you get off on the right foot, whether this is your first baby or not. Many times there are things in your health history that affect lactation and we can make sure there is a game plan to address these issues head on.
After baby is born, families contact me in the first couple of days of baby’s life (before you leave the hospital or birth center) and we schedule the first initial visit around day 4-6. If things aren’t going well then we can meet sooner.
Why, there’s a blog post for that! What the heck is chestfeeding and how is it different than breastfeeding?